Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council
the developer, Townscape Partners, agreed to reduce its tallest tower to 178 feet and add more affordable housing and more parking spaces. It will also provide $2 million to ease traffic congestion.
The project will have 229 residential units, including 38 for low-income families. There will be 65,000 square feet of commercial space and a pedestrian plaza.
When Gehry's Sunset Strip development was approved by the L.A. City Planning Commission last August, the plan called for 28 affordable housing units (15% of the total stock)—a number that some at the Commission meeting were concerned set a "low bar" for a development of its size, stature and... View full entry
Tom Wiscombe redesigns the L.A. billboard (and is chosen over Zaha Hadid's proposal)
Although Los Angeles has had its battles over supergraphics—those painted on advertisements that often stretch multiple stories on a building's facade—the billboard as a concept has received substantially less attention, unless the provocative imagery on it causes fender benders. However, Tom... View full entry
Schindler Lab Initiative recounts intricate process behind Schindler House artistic interventions
This publication documents an exhibition-oriented initiative that prompts artists and architects to develop installations highlighting Rudolph M. Schindler’s domestic experiment...Visitors often ask detailed questions. They are curious about Schindler’s thought process when designing and constructing the house; how the house has been used, understood, and canonized throughout the decades; and how the house is holding up today.
— Schindler Lab
For years, the Schindler House in West Hollywood has served as a cultural backdrop for a multitude of MAK Center exhibitions that have -- in turn -- continuously reinvented the experience of the house and also uniquely demonstrate the ongoing need to preserve the house. Whether engaging with the... View full entry
Architecture Review: West Hollywood Library among top works
The new library across from the Pacific Design Center strikes an appealingly upbeat tone, borrowing from various architectural influences to become one of the most impressive public pieces in the region in a decade.
— Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times
An Ellsworth Kelly Facade and a George Bellows Retrospective
Matthew Marks arrived at Ellsworth Kelly’s studio in Columbia County, N.Y., last year with an architectural model of his new Los Angeles-area gallery. It was meant as both visual aid and inspiration. Mr. Marks was hoping to entice Mr. Kelly into creating something for the building’s facade.
The NYT discusses the future West Hollywood Matthew Marks Gallery, designed by ZELLNERPLUS, with Ellsworth Kelly sculpture-embellished façade. Location: West Hollywood, California. 2011 Design Architect: ZELLNERPLUS Structural Engineer: Gordon Polon SE MEP Engineer: Creative Engineering... View full entry
Opening tonight in LA ~ WATERMARKS: Acqua Alta, Resiliency, and Precise Meanders
Watermarks opens tonight at the WUHO Gallery at 7pm. If you come, make sure to bring your wellies. Architect Jennifer Bonner filled the Hollywood gallery floor with water in order to provoke a discussion of crisis, drought, and watershed geographies. For those on the east coast who... View full entry
"John Loved This" : John Chase's West Hollywood
The late John Chase was the City of West Hollywood's urban designer for 14 years. During that time, he made his mark on every corner of West Hollywood, helping transform Santa Monica Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly strip, shepherding high-quality development, commissioning well-designed signage, and carving out much-needed pocket parks.
— A group of his friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators
On May 21, John's birthday, a group of his friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators will lead a walking tour across the city to experience John's legacy. Architects and city leaders will meet the group at the various projects to talk about working with John and offer advice on how designers... View full entry
Cesar Pelli's that 70's dream is about to come true
When architect Cesar Pelli built his aka 'Blue Whale' Pacific Design Center in 1975, West Coast officially declared it was going to be the center of the decorating universe. Almost forty years later and with the addition of green and red compartments, that primary shaped colorful dream is nearly... View full entry